If you suffer from psoriasis, we at Dermatology Associates of LaGrange may have a solution for you. We now offer Xtrac (trademark symbol) laser therapy at both our LaGrange and Lombard locations.
Here is more information about XTRAC courtesy of Health Line
- This therapy works by penetrating the skin and breaking up the cells that form plaques.
- With this therapy, it’s possible to have long remission periods in between outbreaks.
- Mild side effects are possible.
The U.S. Federal Drug Administration approved the XTRAC laser for psoriasis therapy in 2009. The XTRAC is a small handheld device that your dermatologist can use in the office.
This laser concentrates a single band of ultraviolet B (UVB) light on psoriasis lesions. It penetrates the skin and breaks the DNA of the T cells, which are what have multiplied to create psoriasis plaques. The 308-nm wavelength was found to be the most effective in clearing psoriasis lesions.
What are the benefits of XTRAC therapy?
- Each treatment takes only minutes.
- The surrounding skin isn’t affected.
- It may require fewer sessions than some other treatments.
XTRAC laser therapy is said to clear up mild to moderate plaques from psoriasis faster than natural sunlight or artificial UV light. It also requires fewer therapy sessions than some other treatments. This reduces the cumulative UV dose.
Because it’s a concentrated light source, the XTRAC laser can focus only on the plaque area. This means it doesn’t affect the surrounding skin. It’s also effective on areas that are hard to treat, such as the knees, elbows, and scalp.
Treatment time can vary depending on your skin type and the thickness and severity of your psoriasis lesions.
With this therapy, it’s possible to have long remission periods in between outbreaks.
What the research says
One 2002 study reported that 72 percent of participants experienced at least a 75 percent clearing of psoriasis plaques in an average of 6.2 treatments. About 50 percent of participants had at least 90 percent of their plaques clear after 10 or fewer treatments.
Although XTRAC therapy has been shown to be safe, more long-term studies are necessary to fully assess any short- or long-term effects.”